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Is Corporate Confession of Sin Enough?

“Why is it easier to confess our sin to a dreadfully holy God than to another justified sinner? The answer is simple. We are actually confessing our sins to ourselves, not God, and then granting ourselves absolution. Unfortunately, this sort of self-forgiveness can never lead to a breach with sin.” “Therefore, confess your sins to […]

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Song Ideas for Easter

We recently asked Cameron Shabangu from Southern Cross Church for some ideas for songs for Easter. These are his suggestions.   1. This is amazing grace – Phil Wickam   2. Come behold the wondrous mystery – Matt Papa   3. The Lamb of God – Vertical church   4. Jerusalem – CityAlight   5. […]

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Taking God At His Word

Andre below writes about Kevin DeYoung’s new book, “Taking God at His Word.” I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kevin DeYoung’s book, Taking God At His Word, about the authority, sufficiency, reliability and clarity of Scripture.  It’s an easy read and very, very good.  Kevin avoids all the technical jargon and gets to the heart of the issues.  You […]

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How do we hear God’s words?

Ever wondered how we hear God speak today? Andre seeks to answer that very question below. Many people today claim to hear or speak words that come from God.  From those who hear God speaking to them in a “still, small voice” to the preachers on TV claiming to have a new revelation from God.  […]

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What is Anglicanism? J. I. Packer answers.

Ever wonder what it means to be an Anglican? Below is J. I. Packer’s understanding of what it means to be Anglican. J.I. Packer: “I identify myself as a heritage Anglican, or a main stream Anglican, on the basis of that view of things. I adapt to state my Anglican identity, words from the great […]

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Why we use the Prayer Book

Why do we use the prayer book? That is a good question that Andre answers below. On Sunday I led our church through some set prayers in our REACH SAPrayer Book.  Non-conformists, more independent types might want to deride me as being too clinical and stayed, not allowing “the Spirit to move”.   “We need to […]

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Perspective – The Gift of Life

For most of us, the statement life is a gift is one that we would not only agree with, but probably take for granted. But what exactly do we mean when we say that life is a gift? For a Christian, one verse that would certainly spring to mind is Romans 6:23, the verse quoted […]

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A Tribute to The Reverend Shadrack Papane

I have known Reverend Shadrack Kgosimang Papane since I was studying at George Whitefield College in Cape Town in the mid 1990’s.  He was the first full time pastor of Emmanuel Church, Rocklands, in Bloemfontein. I was privileged to serve my curacy under his leadership while I was in Qwa Qwa.  Rev Papane was a man […]

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4 New Ideas for Congregational Songs during Christmas

Nils Holmgren shares some ideas for new songs from the Sovereign Grace album Prepare Him Room that churches can learn and use during the Christmas season. Who Would have Dreamed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sqx8cDL8V8 Who is Mighty PrepareHim Room God made Low http://sovereigngracemusic.org/Songs/God_Made_Low/40

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Soul Idols

The temple of Artemis in ancient Ephesus was truly spectacular. It was roughly the size of Newlands Rugby Stadium, with over a hundred columns (sixteen stories high) and huge statues of Artemis, the pagan goddess of fertility. Much of Ephesian city life revolved around the temple and a profitable industry had emerged in the selling […]

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